More Changes At State Utility Regulator
Malloy's office says the Governor offered to re-nominate both Chairman Kevin DelGobbo and Jack Betkoski to new terms on PURA. DelGobbo (shown in photo below from when he was a state representative) declined his re-nomination and will leave PURA on May 11th while Betkoski accepted his and will stay on.
But what is noticeably absent from Malloy's announcement is whether the Governor offered to keep DelGobbo as chairman of PURA as part of the deal. A Malloy spokesman was immediately available Wednesday to comment on whether DelGobbo's re-nomination included plans for the Naugatuck resident remaining chairman.
DelGobbo joined PURA's predecessor, the Department of Public Utility Control, in Jan. 2009, He was made chairman five months later after long time DPUC head Donald Downs retired.
DelGobbo acquitted himself reasonably well as chairman of DPUC/PURA. But so have several other heads of state agencies - Jerry Farrell at Department of Consumer Protection and Mary Healey at the Office of Consumer Counsel come to mind - and Malloy chose not to reappoint them, some would suggest because they are Republicans.
That's what makes DelGobbo's leaving the DPUC so puzzling. Malloy could have chosen not to renominate him at all, but instead offered this complimentary assessment of DelGobbo tenure at the regulatory agency.